Tornado season preparedness, folks seeking storm shelters
TYLER, TEXAS (KETK) — It's never too early to prepare for tornado season and some East Texans aren't taking any chances, they're installing storm shelters.
East Texas extension agents encourage East Texans to plan for a potential disaster by checking your utilities, identify electrical and chemical hazards.
"Families can have an evacuation plan and figure out how they're going to evacuate the home or if they shelter at home know where to do that and do it safely," said Chad Gulley, Smith County Extension Office.
In fact, some folks are investing in storm shelters, business at Big Texas Containers & Shelters in Tyler has increased since 2013. "People are becoming unconscious that's a fact, there is huge uptick of people looking into these especially seeing the devastation in Moore Oklahoma and various other tornados, even Granbury Texas," said Jason Umbower, President and Owner.
We're told having a storm shelter is a safe bet and these safe rooms have been impact tested. "Better than nothing, it's made of seven gage harden steel, and it's going to protect you a whole lot better than plywood and sheet rock, "ultimately this can protect you from flying debris, from a tornado that could be flying as fast as 200 miles per hour," said Umbower.
Experts say, you can never be too prepared for a tornado. "You need to be prepared prior to that, a disaster can happen at any time," said Gulley.
Big Texas Containers & Shelters in Tyler.